Terry Bush confirmed to CNN that he lost his job at the Neil Huffman Auto Group on Tuesday.
“My first change was violated while I was making a first change,” Bush said, adding that he was unable to comment further.
Shannon Huffman, personnel manager at the Neil Huffman Auto Group, released a statement Tuesday saying, “The Neil Huffman Auto Group does not tolerate any form of threat of violence, be it a call to action or an implicit threat.
After an internal investigation into the matter, the employee was fired. There is no room for hate or intolerance in any of our car dealerships. ”
Sunday’s protest was announced on Facebook as the Patriot Day Rally to exercise the rights of the second change.
When the rally ended, someone pulled up in a truck and pulled the portrait of Beshear out of a bag and hung it on a tree, Gerry Seavo James told CNN.
The portrait had a note around the neck with the Latin phrase “sic semper tyrannis”
After the portrait was hung on a tree, another man came up and felled it, James said.
“A gentleman showed up. He was pretty upset about it and cut it off. And it was like there was no place for this rally. We’re trying to be peaceful,” said James.
The governor’s answer
When Governor Beshear was asked on Wednesday whether Bush would lose his job, he said he had no comment, but said, “You’re not just making a dummy of someone’s face and hanging him up right now. And you’re marching right now not just a group over to stand on the porch on the other side of the window, from where their children are playing and shouting that they are coming out. “
“Now I know that these two things were ways to create fear and show hate to many other people in America. And I don’t want to pretend that I know what that story feels like, but I think we all would say that different choices have ramifications and I hope we all make better choices like this as we go forward, “Beshear added.
CNN’s Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.